Tempe police arrest suspects in series of armed robberies, kidnapping

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From left: Walter Lee Kimble, Tykel Javante Hunter and Cody Pete By Jennifer Thomas From left: Walter Lee Kimble, Tykel Javante Hunter and Cody Pete By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tempe police have arrested four suspects in a series of aggressive street robberies and a kidnapping that occurred in the East Valley between Sept. 28 and Oct. 1, according to a spokeswoman.

Phoenix residents Walter Lee Kimble, 20, Tykel Javante Hunter, 18, and Cody Pete, 18, face charges of armed robbery, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault and participating/assisting in a criminal syndicate. Kimble also faces a charge of misconduct involving weapons. A 16-year-old suspect faces a charge of marijuana possession.

Police said the suspects forced a 26-year-old man walking along College Avenue near Broadway Road into their vehicle, a dark green Dodge Durango, at approximately 11:40 p.m. on Sept. 28. They then drove the victim to an ATM and forced him to withdraw money from his bank account.

Tempe police spokeswoman Molly Enright said a weapon was held to the victim's head throughout the incident, which lasted approximately 35 minutes.

The suspects left the victim in the area of Baseline Road and Mill Avenue.

On Oct. 4, a Tempe police sergeant saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and stopped it for speeding.

The sergeant and additional responding officers detained three occupants, who eventually were confirmed as suspects in the robberies. Evidence connected to the robbery and kidnap incidents was located inside the vehicle, according to Enright.

Tempe police arrested the fourth suspect last Friday in Phoenix.

The four reported incidents occurred at the following locations:

Sept. 28, armed robbery near Dobson and Broadway roads;

Sept. 28, armed robbery and kidnapping near Broadway Road and College Avenue;

Sept. 30, armed robbery near Frye and Dobson roads;

Oct. 1, armed robbery near Higley and Chandler Heights roads.

Enright said Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert police worked together on the investigation.